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Scottsdale-based Fasturtle partners with Marketing 360

Marketing 360 and Arizona’s own Fasturtle, which is owned and operated by long-time north Scottsdale business leader Eric Olsen, has announced a partnership that will bring the power of the …

Beat the heat this summer at revamped We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort

Camelot Homes announces new Scottsdale, Phoenix communities

Meet the Chef: Mario Gebran of U.S. Egg helps eatery celebrate 35 years

CBRE brokers $27M sale of FedEx distribution center in Tempe


McDowell Road bike lanes may be reality soon

Bicycle lanes are in the works for McDowell Road from Pima Road to 64th Street after a new approval by Scottsdale City Council on April 6. The City Council approved a resolution setting in motion …

14-story apartment building planned for Scottsdale and Bell roads

A high-rise apartment building is planned for the southwest corner of Scottsdale and Bell roads, across the street from The Promenade shopping center. The project could face pushback, as two members …
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HonorHealth removes sculpture, apologizes after new artwork considered offensive

HonorHealth is apologizing after the Scottsdale-based health care group debuted a sculpture that drew criticism and was declared offensive by the Asian American community. The statue, featuring a …

Update: Scottsdale PD releases names of murder-suicide couple

Police officials have released the two names of the Scottsdale couple who died as a result of a suspected murder-suicide on Sunday, April 11. The victim has been identified as 28-year-old Molly …

COVID-19 report shows less than 400 new Scottsdale cases last week

More than 6,000 more Scottsdale residents joined the 120,000 who have received the COVID-19 vaccine, state numbers show, as new coronavirus cases last week totaled 363. In Scottsdale, thousands …

5-story apartment building by Kierland Commons receives first planning approval

A five-story, 360-unit apartment building planned across the street from the Kierland Commons shopping center took a step toward approval last week. Phoenix’s Paradise Valley Village Planning …

Owen: How to skip the diet, get your body results it needs

Keto. Low Carb. Eating programs based on a point system. You name it, the “diet” most likely exists. And while these programs offer the promise of a healthier lifestyle, touting huge …

Klapp: American Rescue Plan is first step to lessen out-of-pocket health care costs

A recent survey from ALG-POS found that 80% of Americans agree that their health care costs keep going up every year, and more than 70% are struggling with the unpredictability of out-of-pocket …
Photo by Arianna Grainey

Whitehead: The Kimsey has earned my support

When over 100 local business owners join forces in support a development that will protect their livelihoods and the vitality of Scottsdale’s downtown, City Council needs to listen up. …

Crawford: Camelback Road, downtown Scottsdale sidewalks desperately needed

How much longer does Scottsdale have to wait before our most heavily traveled pedestrian corridor gets decent ADA complaint walkable rollable pathways? I would like to bring awareness to the …
Don Henninger, executive director of SCOTT

Henninger: It’s time for Scottsdale to pass anti-discrimination ordinance

Scottsdale’s leaders are proud to proclaim that we are a Golden Rule City. We’ve been one for a couple years now. The city adopted the One Community Unity Pledge a few years before …

Mason: SB1379 does not protect the integrity of homeownership

SB1379 could protect the integrity of homeownership, and could be so much more, if fixed to place more trust of STR zoning decisions to local control and/or to provide stronger and more effective …

Norton: State weighs in on Scottsdale’s ‘desert rural’ land use suggestion

Let there be no mistake. The desert rural designation and the onerous super-majority requirements created by the proposed general plan will crush land values. Our state relies on high land values …

Anderson: The 411 on dental deductions in 2021

This year, while the federal tax deadline has been extended, Arizona state taxes must still be filed by April 15, unless you’ve filed an extension, in which case they are due Oct. 15, 2021. …

Blaney: SBA shares resources to support deaf, hard of hearing entrepreneurs

Recently, I read an article about two entrepreneurs who were opening a new restaurant and they laughed at themselves for picking this time to go into business but, in reality, it is a great time to …

Eskildson: SUSD leaders ignore declining student achievement

SUSD proudly declares it provides “Education Excellence” because its “average scores exceed Arizona standards at all levels.” However, they fail to also point out that …
File photo showing Seraphina Ross taking advantage of online learning options at an early age.

From in-person instruction to digital and back again at Scottsdale Schools

At the dawn of the global COVID-19 pandemic the Scottsdale Unified School District — along with public school entities across the country — realized quickly a seamless transition to …
The Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board agreed in January to accept a donation agreement and a donation capped at $500,000 from the Chaparral Firebirds Baseball Club offered from funding by an anonymous, private donor for costs providing baseball and softball field lighting systems on the men’s and women’s baseball/softball fields at Chaparral High.

Anonymous donor gives Scottsdale school $500K for field lighting

Let there be light now that the Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board has approved and accepted a donation toward installing lighting on Chaparral High School’s baseball and softball field.
Submissions will be accepted online and by direct mail April 1-May 29 for fifth graders to participate statewide in an essay writing contest themed, “What is your dream job and how do you plan on achieving it in the future?”

Second annual statewide 5th grade essay contest launches April 1

Highlighting the importance of saving money for children’s post-high school educational and career goals, the second annual essay-writing contest is open to all fifth-graders statewide.
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Scottsdale Society of Women Writers welcomes author Cullison

The Scottsdale Society of Women Writers, which gives members access to events, ideas and networking opportunity with other women writers and authors, will host Paula Cullison who is a travel writer, multi-genre author, and photographer.

Meet Your Neighbor: Electrician Robert Zuart powers Valley lives

Meet your neighbor, Robert Zuart, a Scottsdale resident who makes a living as a professional electrician. Read below to get to know Mr. Zuart, including what he considers to be the best days. …

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust grants $265K to AZA United

Arizona Autism United—AZA United—announces a $265,000 grant from the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust to help launch a new diagnostic clinic in Phoenix for children and youth with special needs.

Arizona Rotary Clubs host inaugural ‘Rotary Week of Service’

Scottsdale and Tempe Rotary clubs are among those in Arizona inviting friends, neighbors and fellow citizens to join them as they conduct service projects to benefit the local community during the …

Ashley Nevison publishes her second children’s book, donating proceeds to help homeless

Ashley Nevison, 14, announces the publication of her second children’s book, “We Are So Beautiful; Valuing the Differences Among Everyone,” which introduces the concept of diversity to children.

To Be Continued, a leading luxury consignment boutique headquartered in Scottsdale, has announced the opening of a full-scale, pop-up shop as well as a brand-new retail concept geared toward Gen Z at …

The family-owned grocery chain, Bashas, which operates Food City, AJ’s Fine Foods, and Bashas’ supermarkets, seeks to add nearly 700 people to fill various full- and part-time positions at its more than 100 locations throughout the state.
Arizona Window and Door, a full-service company with a selection of windows and exterior doors for homes, announces the opening of a new location in Scottsdale Airpark.
The team at LGO Hospitality has announced that its Buck & Rider restaurant is coming to north Scottsdale at the southeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Mayo Boulevard in the shops at Chauncey …
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A wide range of resort activities from sipping tropical cocktails to wearing festive aloha wear and masks will happen at the Arizona Tiki Oasis.

Arizona Tiki Oasis to hold public events April 23-25

Arizona Tiki Oasis, happening April 23-25 at the Hotel Valley Ho, 6850 E. Main St. in Scottsdale has two events  open to the public for locals to enjoy.
The 11th FiTech Fuel Injection Spring Nationals returns to WestWorld of Scottsdale, April 16 – 18.

Goodguys Rod & Custom returns to Scottsdale, April 16-18

Goodguys Rod & Custom Association, organizer of America’s premier hot rod and custom car events, is returning to WestWorld of Scottsdale for the 11th FiTech Fuel Injection Spring Nationals.
Taliesin West is the setting for the new “Wine & Wright Tour” on Friday nights.

Taliesin West has Wine & Wright Tour on Fridays, starting April 9

Enjoy Friday evenings with the new “Wine & Wright Tour” at Taliesin West that mixes Happy Hour and Golden Hour.
Jeremy Jordan, Lea Salonga and Javier Muñoz.

Broadway returns to Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is welcoming new faces and veteran Broadway talents during its 2021–22 season with six upcoming Broadway performances.

Royse Contemporary exhibits ‘Reverence of Place & Time’

Royse Contemporary will present “ Reverence of Place & Time,” the solo exhibition of Peter Brian Klein, debuting his latest collection of his color photography capturing the beauty of northern Arizona.
The ScottsdalePublicArt channel on the Hoverlay app reveals augmented reality features for artworks like “LOVE” by Robert Indiana.

Scottsdale Public Art adds augmented reality to artwork

Eleven artworks in the Scottsdale Public Art Permanent Collection are enhanced with augmented reality elements, viewable through a mobile device app.
The Black Market Trust is set to perform at the annual Arizona Musicfest on April 12.

Outdoors Arizona Musicfest offers concerts through May 1

The concerts series that runs through May 1 has a line-up of national acts and performances scheduled for ‘Musicfest Outdoors.’
Sonia Falcone also has a line of elegant wedding dresses.

International artist Falcone debuts new fashion line at Scottsdale Fashion Square

Mexico-based fashion designer, Sonia Falcone, recently announced the American launch of her new collection with the Sip and Shop Event at Wardrobe Apparel in Scottsdale Fashion Square.
Scottsdale Philharmonic Orchestra premiers its spring concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 2 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

Scottsdale Philharmonic resumes concerts, youth orchestra auditions

The Scottsdale Philharmonic Orchestra announces its first concert in 2021 as the premier spring concert is 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 2 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

Scottsdale art curator, gallery owner among rising Valley business women

Scottsdale curator, gallery owner and mother of three Nicole Royse has been named as a woman “on the rise” in a new book. Ms. Royse owns Royse Contemporary, an Old Town Scottsdale art …
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